star shooter

Lives in Australia Queensland, Australia
Works as a PhotoJournalist
Has a website at www.jamesbarclay.org
Joined on Jan 11, 2009

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It will be interesting to see how this F1.8 lens stacks up to the Nikon 14-24/2.8 at max. aperture for sharpness on the edges. In W/A astrophotography, one needs to find a lens that can work at max. aperture that gives acceptable to excellent stellar images in the corners. Same goes for the Irix 11/4.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:42 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
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Rex Block: Can I get a module that adds the Milky Way too?

Rex, I'm an astrophotographer and I take my own scenes. You can too mate. That way you have complete control over what YOU want. Not sure how good this new program will be with trees up close so the stars can be seen in between the leaves and branches. Cutting out trees is one thing but hair.. oh boy, it's a challenge, but then who doesn't like a challenge? LOL..

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 15:27 UTC

When is this software ready for the user? How much is it?

Is it a plugin for PS 2017 or a standalone program?

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 12:56 UTC as 94th comment

Damn good aerial photography! Well done, guys!!
However, if one was out in the bush at night and saw this, it would scare the hell the out of them! LOL... I can see the press report... UFO hovers over campers.. Dan an Donna xxx were buzzed by an UFO last week when there were camping out in the woods near Blurtown Va and what they saw is nothing but scary..

"Oh man! this thing really freaked us out. It had flashing coloured lights and. and some whirling noise.. and .. and.. it hovered over us and we were bathed in this bright dazzling white light... Donna my wife, was screaming, the dog had a heart attack, I tried to run away but fell over and landed in some prickly bush and soiled my pants. It was an UFO alright, no doubt about that, and it was damn close too. It followed us as we tried to get away. Then this thing just rose up into the night skies and zoomed away while lighting up the trees tops. I'm sure it was searching for something !" Dan said.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 23:18 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Samyang introduces full-frame 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC (159 comments in total)

I have yet to find a W/A lens for astrophotography that does not need to be stopped down to get tack-sharp images and no light cut-off, in the corners.

With the immient release of the Venus Optics 12/2.8 this might be one of them.

We just have to wait and see for tests/reviews to come in for this and the Samyang.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 01:28 UTC as 10th comment

Amazing sights indeed but to astronomers, all those areas lit up by night lights is what they call Light Pollution. This cancerous growth is killing the ability to study the Universe with telescopes from areas NOT affected by bright lights. FYI, 4/5 of the world;s population live in the Northern Hemisphere and 4/5 of them do not see, any stars, due to this stupid, paranoidal mindset of having to light up every nook and cranny with lights!

While many of you will poo par this post, ask any amateur or prof. astronomer about Light Pollution. They will tell you that the they are loosing their God given right, to see the Milky Way.

The night shots from Space just goes to tell you just how much waste of energy we are wasting at night. There's no need for this. Many nocturnal species are disappearing due to the growth of light at night. In a generation maybe two, no one will see any stars.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 23:45 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies

Why not for Android smartphones as well?

Where can you get this camera anyway?

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 13:15 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

My new PH3 Pro (bought at Xmas last) has only done ~2 hrs flight time, has 4 batteries, CF Gimbal, 16 and 64G SD cards, detachable prop guards and Hardshell backpack is now up for sale. Still under Warranty. Photos supplied to genuine enquirers. Shipping is extra. Any takers? then pls PM me. I live in SE Queensland, Australia

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 13:09 UTC as 4th comment
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (643 comments in total)

Can this FF DSLR take other FF lenses other than Ricoh? I'm a bit dubious about their image quality. Does this camera have a Bulb setting? Couldn't see it in the specs.

Re the Starstream feature, 5 mins. is good. Under dark skies at F2.8 with an ISO of say 800, the mind boggles as to the image! but do Ricoh lenses give sharp images at full aperture?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 23:21 UTC as 58th comment | 5 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)

This 'starstream' feature has my curiosity. How does it work? What is the min. and max. exposures under the stars for the sensor to 'move' and does it matter what lens it uses to work this feature? Does it have Bulb and can one get a remote fort his camera to keep the shutter open for an hour or two? I do prof. Astrophotoraphy.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 13:43 UTC as 516th comment | 4 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)

Anyone know how the sensor 'moves' in relation to the stars? How long can one exposure to the stars with this feature and what lens will it work with to get the best picture?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 13:37 UTC as 518th comment | 4 replies

When Canon can bring out a 50+ Meg FF sensor @ 20fps with an AF to match that speed and an ISO up to 1,000,000, I might be interested. But for now, I'll use my Instamatic.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 06:47 UTC as 57th comment
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (719 comments in total)

I'd like to see the D5's ISO tests all the way up to its max. DP Review, can you please do some night tests under dark sky conditions of the stars, for instance?

Also, can this camera do 4K video at ALL ISO settings??

James

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 23:13 UTC as 123rd comment

Where can I not buy one?

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 22:51 UTC as 39th comment
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)

Let's see now.. mirrorless, an ISO up to 1,000,000, FX 80 +meg sensor, 100% AF in night IR vision mode, 100% weather sealed joints, tiltable screen, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and faster than a speeding bullet..

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 07:50 UTC as 144th comment

I attended a wedding recently where the 'pro' snapper was using two smartphones to do a full day shoot. When I asked him why he said.. " ..Why not?! Why spend a fortune on DSLR gear which is bulking and cumbersome when I can shoot two phones at once and still have fun.. " As an ex PJ, I was stunned and shocked by his Gen Y attitude.

FYI, he was no relation to anyone at the gathering either. Don't know why the B&G hired him but I'd say he came cheap. Many journos now use their smartphones to take News pics which are then emailed off to their editor, there and then.

Is it no wonder the Pro Photog. industry is tumbling down?

IMHO smartphones will only get smarter over time and then what? Maybe it's the beginning of the end for the DSLR, who knows?

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 13:59 UTC as 235th comment | 5 replies
On article Fujifilm announces X-T1 IR for infrared photography (207 comments in total)

If it had Bulb exp. the cam would be a cheap Astro cam to the Nikon 810A to record Nebulae in the 650 ha region?.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 14:38 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

If anyone can bring out a ILC that can do the same job as a pro DSLR for sport and news, then I'm all for it. Otherwise an ILC is just another cheap, amateur camera for teenagers mum, dad kids variety. Long live the DSLR!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 22:03 UTC as 35th comment | 6 replies

In pic 7.. it shows the lens is just another amateur trombone style lens. That would be it's weakest point. Over time that style will get loose and easily knocked. Definitely not a pro lens nor would it be weather sealed either. Great for an amateur but not for PJ work.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 04:24 UTC as 23rd comment | 14 replies
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